Joe Staley injury update: Anecdotes provide good news on 49ers left tackle

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We break down the latest news surrounding Joe Staley's leg injury. We've got some positive signs thus far. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

The San Francisco 49ers may have dodged a bullet Thursday evening, as it appears left tackle Joe Staley will be fine following a harrowing incident late in the game. Staley was blocking and got bent backwards at the knees. He went back into a painful position, and immediately started screaming. We knew he was screaming thanks to a hot microphone somewhere in the vicinity.

Thankfully, all comments since the game would seem to indicate Staley is alright. Staley was seen walking without a limp after getting an x-ray, and had this happen:

When a teammate is fine giving you crap about what happened during the injury, that has to be a good sign, right?

NFL.com's Mike Silver had this pair of tweets shortly after that:

Finally, Staley himself sent out this tweet after the team departed the stadium:

All in all, this seems like one heck of a dodged bullet. When I first saw his knees bending in the replay, I figured it was some kind of ligament issue. He walked off fine and seems to think he's OK, so that is a big plus.

The X-ray is primarily to look for broken bones. I would not be surprised if he got an MRI when the team gets back to Santa Clara, although I don't know anything for certain. I am still a bit hesitant to be completely confident he's 100 percent, but we'll see.

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